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In Building Culture, the basic assumption is that the city, including its inhabitants, forms an intelligent system, an architecture suspended between the human mind and the world of which we are part. Intelligence and meaning are given pragmatist definitions: "Intelligence is the ability to interact appropriately with the world, and meaning is the accomplishment of such interation" (Peirce 1955:23-41). With this assumption as vantage point, Building Culture discusses the meaning and intelligence of concrete architectural labor, the labour of the architect as well as that of the client, both members of civic society. The path of inquiry oscillates between abstract thought, models of cognitive semiotics, through pragmatist philosophy to the professoinal practice of planning cities, developing projects and designing and building objects.
Writing for students and academics of urban design, urban planning, and architectural theory, Ole Möystad addresses emerging fields of planning and architecture and areas of rapid and ongoing structural change with a theory of an intelligent and sustainable architecture based on continuity.